Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight heads to its July 14, 2022 release on Netflix, fans will get to see how the beloved panda Po performs on the small screen in an episodic TV series. The story follows Po as he teams up with an English knight called the Wandering Blade to retrieve a collection of mystical weapons, leading to an epic sojourn of misadventures that is sure to entertain the masses.
Po’s voice actor, famed Jack Black, has made his living playing hilarious and lovable characters in big, wide-ranging comedies, which tend to be preferred by moviegoers over Ranker at his more dramatic fare. Overall, it seems Ranker’s best Black-Eyes movies tend to feature his funniest leads.
Note: Ranking lists are live and continue to accumulate votes, so some rankings may have changed after publication.
ten Ice Age (2002)
In one of his only supporting roles to pass the milestone, Black interprets the character of Zeke in the animated adventure Ice Agean excitable saber-toothed tiger, quick to pounce and maul his enemies while constantly teasing Diego with sarcastic remarks.
Zeke is built around Black’s violent sense of humor, which is a big part of the hyper smilodon’s fun appeal. While Black only played Zeke once, the original Ice Age remains the franchise’s best to many due to its stellar voice cast, clever novel premise, and adorably relatable anthropomorphized characters that reflect the best and worst of humanity.
9 Save Silverman (2001)
Save Silverman stars Jack Black and Steve Zahn as two slackers desperate to stop their best friend Darren from marrying an overbearing bully. The crude, crude comedy was absolutely skewered by critics to the tune of 22 Metascore and 19% Rotten Tomatoes score. Still, Ranker voters seem to think the film is one of Black’s funniest cinematic outings.
Although the film is far from Oscar-caliber, Black gives a seriously underrated comedic turn as JD, who not only has wonderful on-screen chemistry with Zahn, but also steals the entire series thanks to his sophomore banter and slapstick physical comedy. Between the clumsy kidnapping attempt, the splitting spaghetti scene, or the nacho recliner scene, this remains a memorable film for viewers today.
8 Bernie (2011)
Reuniting with acclaimed director Richard Linklater for the first time since school of rockBlack delivers arguably his finest performance in the short biographical comedy-drama Bernie. Based on a true story, Black soars as Bernie Tiede, a friendly Texas undertaker who befriends a wealthy widow, both of whom harbor dark secrets.
Black’s tour de force of having him sing, laugh, cry, and morbidly manipulate the audience with a soft facade that serves as a facade for the darkness below is certainly memorable. The way Linklater uses a documentary approach while brilliantly slaloming between comedy and drama is the mark of a director in full control, leading Ranker voters’ decision seemingly on par with critics who also hail the film as the one of Black’s best.
seven King Kong (2005)
As Bernie, general moviegoers on Ranker seem to agree with professional movie critics on King Kong, Peter Jackson’s epic remake of the 1933 classic. Interestingly enough, the film gives Black a chance to stray from his trademark comedian persona for a simpler dramatic twist. It worked out pretty well, opening up a new avenue for Black’s performative skills.
Black plays Carl Denham in the film, an ambitious filmmaker willing to do whatever it takes to find his leading lady. But when King Kong also has plans for Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), Denham must decide what’s really more important. True epic cinema at its highest level of craftsmanship, King Kong proves that Black can carry huge blockbusters on his back with the best of them.
6 Shallow Hal (2001)
A mediocre comedy by the Farrelly brothers in the eyes of most, Ranker voters seem to back Black’s starring role in Shallow halla beauty-obsessed bachelor who undergoes a major change of heart when he gains the ability to see the inner beauty of women.
Hal’s growth from petty, immature, and superficial to a sincere adult willing to follow his true feelings and commit to Rosemary (Gwynyth Paltrow) is a big part of the film’s soft appeal. In his first-ever lead movie role, Black proves he can be the center of attention and take on comedic heavyweights like Jason Alexander, who nearly steals the show as Hal’s pal Mauricio.
5 Tenacious D in Destiny’s Choice (2006)
A rock’n’roll comedy tailor-made for Black and his bandmate Tenacious D Kyle Gass, The choice of fate is everything fans could wish for. The story follows JB and KG as they set out to become the greatest rockers on the planet by obtaining a magic guitar pick that will grant them supreme musical skills to perform some of Tenacious D’s funniest stage songs.
Critics may have been a little less impressed, but it’s clear the film wasn’t made for prestige but to do a favor to the fans of those who supported the band for an entire decade prior. Black is at his most authentic when portraying his stage persona, which is why Ranker voters, including the movie so high, aren’t at all controversial.
4 Kung Fu Panda (2008)
An almost universally loved replayable family entertainment, Ranker fans seem to agree with critics (87% on Rotten Tomatoes) and moviegoers in general (7.6 IMDb rating) when it comes to the first of what is now. considered a beloved franchise.
kung fu panda stars Black as the voice of Po, the lovable pee-slacker so perfectly cast he’s played the part four times to date. The original story finds the lazy outsider in a rush to act when selected to guard the Valley of Peace, leading him on a series of harrowing misadventures full of memorable characters.
3 Free Nacho (2006)
Ranker fans don’t seem to agree with the mixed critical mass regarding the overall effectiveness of Nacho Libre, but almost everyone can agree that Black is genuinely hysterical as the titular Mexican luchador. Black enjoys the role of Ignacio/Nacho, a leader at a monastery who redirects paths and pursues his dream of becoming a professional wrestler.
Though big, wide, and wildly absurd, Black’s brand of physical comedy has rarely been so impressive. Part of the call comes from screenwriter Mike White, who also wrote school of rock and instinctively knows how to write to Black’s funny comedic sensibilities. As such, the film is enjoyable for its feel-good vibes, hilarious Nacho Libre quotes and for presenting some truly touching moments.
2 Thunder in the Tropics (2008)
Black Time in the Jungle via Thunder in the tropics is rightly hailed as one of his funniest films to date. The plot follows a war movie production that becomes too real for Hollywood’s pampered actors.
The film beautifully blends big-budget action with excellent characters and hilarious, risque comedy material that might never get made today. Black really stands out as Jeff Portnoy, a drug-addicted actor who fears being typecast, giving Black a perfect chance to balance his comedic and dramatic chops.
1 School of Rock (2003)
Unsurprisingly, Ranker fans consider school of rock to be Jack Black’s best film to date. Black stars as Dewey Finn, an aspiring rocker who takes a job as a substitute music teacher for college kids after being kicked out of his band. Together, the class of underdogs and underdogs form a group to compete in the school’s talent show.
The thrilling crowd-pleaser is uplifting and inspiring as can be, proving what can happen when misfits band together and speak out collectively. Loaded with awesome songs, memorable quotes, Black’s on-screen chemistry and a real feel-good vibe, it’s no wonder Ranker fans seem to think Black’s never been better. than he was as Dewey Finn.
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